ou know, that piece of clothing that just makes you FEEL good?
Have you ever gone to put on that amazing piece and noticed a hole? A stain? Pilling? Did it stretch out? Fade? This isn’t a laundry detergent commercial, so I’m not going to tell you that all of your problems will be solved by a new detergent.But I will share 5 easy ways to make your clothes last longer:
But I will share…
5 easy ways to make your clothes last longer
1. Wash your clothes as little as possible
Many of us wash our clothes after 1 wear. This DRAMATICALLY reduces the life of your clothes. Each wash causes the fibers to rub together, to move and degrades the integrity of the fabric. That’s why you’ll pull your favorite t-shirt out of the dryer one day, and it seems to have magically developed a hole. Nope, not magic. Just a weak spot in the fabric finally giving up the fight.If you only wash your clothes when there are truly dirty (like you spilled ketchup on your shirt or were rolling around in the mud), they will last MUCH longer. Oh, and you do have my permission to wash them when they’re truly stinky.
If you only wash your clothes when there are truly dirty (like you spilled ketchup on your shirt or were rolling around in the mud), they will last MUCH longer. Oh, and you do have my permission to wash them when they’re truly stinky.
2. Stop putting your clothes in the dryer
While a lovely convenience that I really wouldn’t want to give up, dryers can be KILLER on your clothes.
Here are the items you can go ahead and put in the dryer:
– Yoga pants
– Free 5K t-shirts
– Sweatpants, etc.
Do you get the idea? Pretty much EVERYTHING else should be hung or laid flat to dry. Seem like a hassle? It will literally save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars by extending the life of your clothes.
3. Dry clean your clothes even less
Do you think that dry cleaning your clothes is gentler than washing? That dry cleaning will help keep your clothes looking newer longer? Nope. Not true. Dry cleaning is actually a VERY harsh process. And it’s not actually DRY. It’s chemicals.
When a piece of clothing is dry cleaned too often, it shows wear very quickly. Clothes can begin to pill, lose shape, and even fade. Dry clean your clothes ONLY if they are truly Dry Clean Only. And even then, follow the same rules as with washing. Only dry clean when the clothes are stained or stinky.
4. Use the right hangers (or don’t hang at all).
Each type of clothing has a type of hanger that works best. And when you use the right hangers. the clothes last longer, and they don’t end up with those bumps on the shoulders that look a little like nipples.
- Heavy coats and suit jackets should be hung on wooden hangers. They give the jacket the right amount of support in the shoulders, so it doesn’t hang heavy and stretch out.
- Most blouses and other shirts prefer a velvet hanger. You know, those flat ones that look all fuzzy? That fuzz holds the piece in place over a larger surface area so it doesn’t just hang by the shoulders. Magic. No more nipple shoulders.
- Pants should be hung by the waist with pant hangers. I’m really not a fan of folding pants over a suit hanger. It creates a crease in the middle of the leg and can cause stretching. Same with skirts.
- And there are some things that do best when not on a hanger. Sweaters and t-shirts, when folded properly, will last longer.
5. Have enough (but not too many) clothes
By clothes, I don’t mean volume of mediocre clothes. I mean clothes that look amazing, feel amazing, are good quality, and are versatile.
Most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Those 20% get worn over and over, and so they start to look worn out faster. But if you wear 100% of your clothes 100% of the time, the wear is more even, and they all last longer.
May your clothes live long, and help you prosper.